Recycling, energy from biomass, reducing landfill initiative. How one Georgia-Pacific facility is transforming itself and the community.
Northampton, MA –News Direct– Koch Industries
“This is the heartbeat of a 50-mile area,” Shawn Williams says from a corner of Georgia-Pacific’s Naheola mill on a cool morning. “If you live in the community, this is where you want to work.”
The Georgia-Pacific mill sits 100 yards from the meandering Tombigbee River, which runs the length of Choctaw County, a heavily wooded expanse of sparsely populated land in western Alabama. The mill is an hour from the Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge, a recreation site on the Tombigbee that attracts droves of wintering waterfowl every year. And Shawn, like many of the county’s 12,000 residents, likes to spend time on the banks of that river with a fishing line in its waters. So does his father, who retired as a millwright after a 40-year career at Naheola.
It’s this connection to the land, the river and the people of Choctaw County that motivates Shawn. He sees the mill as more than a job provider — he envisions it as a guide for how to create a sustainable relationship between industry and nature.
“I think it’s our duty to protect the environment and make sure we make the place better. That’s a purpose for everybody here,” Shawn says. “It’s home.”
In less than a decade, Shawn …….